Boys accused of bringing guns to Tununak school

Posted: Friday, November 08, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Tununak juveniles were taken into custody Wednesday after taking a rifle and a pellet gun to school, Alaska State Troopers said.

The boys, all 14, brought an unloaded .22-caliber rifle and a loaded pellet handgun onto the grounds of the Paul T. Albert Memorial School.

Tununak is a village of about 325 on the northeast coast of Nelson Island, 115 miles northwest of Bethel.

According to troopers, the boys left school and when they returned, one teen had a rifle hidden in his pants leg. Other students reported him to school officials.

The 14-year-olds apparently hid the rifle behind a trash can in the boy's bathroom.

School officials began lock down procedures and the boys ended up outside the school, where they were contacted by Village Public Safety Officer Ben Nukusuk.

Nukusuk talked the boys into giving up the pellet gun.

The students told the officer they were tired of being picked on and were going to kill several other students, troopers said.

Two of the boys were arraigned in Bethel on Thursday and charged with fourth-degree weapons misconduct. The third, unarmed student was taken into protective custody.

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